Dry Eyes and LASIK
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Dry Eye Syndrome is a irksome affliction that retards your eyes from producing natural tears to cleanse and hydrate your eyeballs. There can be many different causes for dry eyes: hormonal changes, especially among women, dusty, dry, arid environment, and the natural aging process. Dry eyes are also associated with some medications such as oral contraceptives, antihistamines, some blood pressure medication, antidepressants, and Parkinson's medications. Dry eye syndrome can also be an indication of a more serious problem, and are a symptom reflected in diseases such as rosacea, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or Sjogren's syndrome.
There are several treatment options out there for dry eye syndrome including lubricating drops, drops that stimulate your eye to produce tears, and tiny gland plugs that also stimulate tear production. If you suffer from dry eyes, ask your eye health care professional for a recommended course of treatment.
If you're considering LASIK, dry eye syndrome may prohibit your ability to move forward with the procedure. Certain steps in the post-op healing process of the LASIK procedure facilitate dry eye syndrome, and if you have the condition prior to the surgery, it may compound it. However, most LASIK surgeons will happily perform the procedure once you've completed a successful course of treatment for dry eyes.